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Friday, 6 October 1911

The PRESIDENT - I remind the Senate that this Bill was before us during the last session of Parliament, when Senator Gould moved the adjournment of the debate. As he is not present, it is quite competent for any other honorable senator to discuss the subject.

Senator WALKER(New South Wales). (11.19]. - As a member of the Library Committee, I have much pleasure in supporting the second reading of this Bill. It requires only to be glanced through for the object of it to be understood. The members of the Library Committee believe it to be important that the measure should be passed as soon as possible, because if any-' thing happened to Mr. Petherick, and the measure were not on the statute-book, his collection might go to his heirs. We wish to secure it for the Commonwealth for all time, in accordance with an agreement entered into, under which we have given to Mr. Petherick a life engagement. He desires to be called the " Archivist," It is a matter which rests with the Library Committee as to what the title " Archivist " means. Practically, in this case, it means that Mr. Petherick will look after the archives in connexion with his collection. The subject being of considerable interest, I have much pleasure in supporting the Bill.

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